Liberal Party-dominated Puerto Princesa City in Palawan welcomed vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. on Friday as he was invited as the guest of honor and speaker of the city’s 144th Founding Anniversary and its Balayong Festival.
City Mayor Lucilo Bayron and Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III and their councilors who are all members of the ruling Liberal Party feted the senator as their guest of honor in the week-long festival which is a merry mix of socio-civic, cultural, historical, and sports activities. The Balayong Festival derives its name from the Palawan cherry blossoms known as “Balayong”.
City officials welcomed Marcos at the airport as they accompanied him during the Civic Grand Parade from Junction 1 to the famed Puerto Princesa City Baywalk where he delivered his speech.
Marcos for his part thanked the people of Puerto Princesa for giving him a warm welcome, as well as the honor and the privilege to join them in their celebration of the city’s founding anniversary and the Balayong Festival.
“Babaunin ko ang mga alaala at imahen ng pagkakaisa na nasaksihan ko rito sa inyong Lungsod sa aking paglilibot sa buong bansa,” he said.
He noted that the Balayong Festival is a perfect example of his advocacy for national unity. “Ang makita kong ganitong kasaya ang mga kaganapan sa ating mga pamayanan ay sapat na upang magsilbing inspirasyon para sa akin sa aking kandidatura. Sa aking pagtakbo bilang Bise-Presidente, ang aking pangunahing layunin ay ang mapagkaisa at mapagbuklod-buklod ang lahat ng Pilipino,” he said.
Marcos however lamented that the kind of politics the past few administrations adopted had caused deep divide among the Filipino people and made the country’s problems worse.
“Kaya tama na! Panahon na para magkaisa na tayo. Alang-alang ito sa ating mga anak, at sa mga susunod pa nating salinlahi! Totoo, ito ay sadyang mahirap na proseso, pero alam kong ito ay kayang-kayang gawin! At kailangan na natin itong simulan sa lalong madaling panahon,” he stressed.